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The Laws of Success - Part 3

The Law of Expediency: toward unbelievers

expediency. Appropriateness to the purpose at hand; fitness. Adherence to self-serving means: an ambitious politician…The meaning of “expediency”. A. The Greek word behind “expedient” or “helpful” is sumphero. 1. It refers to actions that are ultimately for good, ...there is a hidden agenda for the greater good.

to bear or bring together

to bear together or at the same time

to carry with others

to collect or contribute in order to help

to help, be profitable, be expedient

1 Corinthians 5:12

The Message (MSG)

9-13I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn't make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn't mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You'd have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn't act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can't just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I'm not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don't we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.

 

In our study in the LAWS OF SUCCESS, we continue to examine different LAWS in the spirit world that are at work, even when we don’t recognize them. Much like the natural law of gravity; it is working whether you believe it or not!

Three kinds of BLINDNESS

There are blinders on the eyes of those who don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior. Those of you who have been a Christian for a couple of years and are involved in a local church, know the troubles that can creep in even the best of churches.

We are told as believers that we are to do our best to restore those who stumble. There is GRACE thinking that is needed in dealing with CARNAL Christians.

This particular study is not dealing with the CARNALITY of believers, but, the GRACE that is needed in dealing with the UNBELIEVER.

2 Corinthians 4:4

New Life Version (NLV)

4 The eyes of those who do not believe are made blind by Satan who is the god of this world. He does not want the light of the Good News to shine in their hearts. This Good News shines as the shining-greatness of Christ. Christ is as God is.

The blindness of Israel

The Bible refers to three people groups in the earth who can have BLINDERS. Of course, we realize, this is not referring to natural blindness, but SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS.

Israel has a type of blindness until that time in the Tribulation Period when the Jews will have their eyes opened to the man who sits in the Temple in Jerusalem and blasphemes God. This will happen 3.5 years into the Tribulation when the Antichrist will be revealed to the whole world. This will also be the time when God raises up a supernatural army of Jewish young men who will preach the Gospel all over the world!

Romans 11:25

King James Version (KJV)

25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Romans 11:25

The Message (MSG)

A Complete Israel

25-29I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what's going on and arrogantly assume that you're royalty and they're just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that's not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. Before it's all over, there will be a complete Israel. As it is written,

A champion will stride down from the mountain of Zion;
he'll clean house in Jacob.
And this is my commitment to my people:
removal of their sins.
From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God's enemies. But looked at from the long-range perspective of God's overall purpose, they remain God's oldest friends. God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

 

The blindness of Religion

Jesus told us the Pharisees “squinted from the

light of His teachings by holding on to man made doctrines.

I think the hardest group to deal with is the religious folks who think their ways of holiness will get them to heaven. Paul told Timothy it is those “who have a form of godliness but deny the power…”

Our hearts are to be in reaching the lost. No where does the Bible say we are to argue with religious people. Some of the greatest opposition that came against Jesus was the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The following verses show us how we are to recognize the blindness of religion.

2 Timothy 3:5

King James Version (KJV)

5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:5

The Message (MSG)

2 Timothy 3

Difficult Times Ahead

1-5Don't be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals. Stay clear of these people.

John 12:40

The Message (MSG)

Their Eyes Are Blinded

36-40Jesus said all this, and then went into hiding. All these God-signs he had given them and they still didn't get it, still wouldn't trust him. This proved that the prophet Isaiah was right:

God, who believed what we preached?

Who recognized God's arm, outstretched and ready to act?
First they wouldn't believe, then they couldn't—again, just as Isaiah said:

Their eyes are blinded,
their hearts are hardened,
So that they wouldn't see with their eyes
and perceive with their hearts,
And turn to me, God,
so I could heal them.

The following verse deals with those who have issues with sexual sin, crooks, whether they are employees, employers, professionals, or non-professionals. The Apostle Paul puts the sexually promiscuous in the same class with SPIRITUAL PHONIES. It is not our job to make people feel comfortable with their sin. It is our job to speak the truth in love.

1 Corinthians 5:12

The Message (MSG)

9-13I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn't make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn't mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You'd have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn't act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can't just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I'm not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don't we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.

 

Blindness on the Unbeliever

“God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins…”

The Law of Expediency is recognizing the person who does not know Jesus Christ, has to hear the GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL! We are AMBASSADORS through Christ to tell the unbeliever that God has dealt with all mankind already! The sin problem has been rectified by the shed blood of Jesus!

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

The Message (MSG)

16-20Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend with you.

21How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

** Is it ever okay to file suit against someone that has wronged you?

Usually, questions such as this arise because of what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:1-7.

1 Corinthians 6:1-7:

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses problems of strife, envy, and division which had entered the church. Christians were arguing over petty issues and choosing sides against one another. In fact, the problem became so prevalent that believers were going to pagan courts to settle their issues with other believers. In this section of scripture, Paul is exhorting believers to wake up and see a reality greater than their own petty grievances. He was concerned that their Christian witness was being undermined by the practice of handling personal and church disputes among Christians before heathen courts. Paul knew their behavior was indeed undermining to the Christian witness because it, in fact, denied Christ’s teaching.

Jesus said,

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35)

How could the church have a strong influence for Christ in Corinth when their members were arguing and wrangling in front of the very people before whom they sought to demonstrate the love and power of Christ? Paul stated strongly, “How dare you do this!”

Even the Jews held to the tradition of refusing to take their legal issues before Gentile courts, but would only allow their own Jewish leaders to be arbitrators. The point is that the people of God should and do have more light than unbelievers. Jesus compared believers to salt and light because the Word of God and the Holy Spirit—the mind of God and the power of God—are at our disposal. It makes no sense for believers to turn to those in darkness to settle their issues.

Believers Have the Mind of Christ

All born again Christians have the mind of Christ. What does this mean? Because the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, indwells our spirit, He will reveal and make known to us the wisdom of God. Paul refers to this in 1 Corinthians 6:4 stating, “…set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.” In a sarcastic way, Paul was indicating that even the least member of the body of Christ has more light and ability to hear from God on the things of this life than the wisest unbeliever who is a judge. Believers are destined to rule and reign with Christ in ages to come. We will actually judge angels and help judge and rule over the earth. How will we do this? We will rule according to the wisdom of God within us. But even before that day, God’s wisdom available to guide and direct us in our daily lives.

The point Paul is making is that Christians should do their utmost to settle their disagreements among themselves with help and wisdom from God.

Matthew 18:15-19:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

In this passage, Jesus explains what should be done in cases of dispute between Christians. If someone has wronged you, you should go directly to that person to attempt to settle the dispute. If nothing is resolved, you should bring one or two Christian witnesses, if possible, who were involved in the situation or have firsthand knowledge of the matter. If the issue is still unresolved, it should be reported to leadership in the church and the church leadership should address the dispute between the two individuals. If the dispute is still unresolved, and the individual in the wrong refuses to make things right, that individual is to be treated as a heathen or a publican. What does this mean? It means, since that person has refused to submit to the authority of church leadership, the matter should be handed over for God to judge.

Jesus and the Apostle Paul instructed us not to handle our problems on our own. Often we have supernatural problems that need supernatural answers. God wants to be involved in our lives. He has the wisdom and power to provide, protect, and defend you no matter what the difficulty, challenge or conflict. In some cases, it is simply better to let something drop—even if it seems we are being defrauded—and just hand the case over to God and let Him repay. If you are stolen from and defrauded, God can and will make up for it and give you much more than what was taken, if you trust Him.

Now, let’s talk about the matter of it ever being wrong to go to court. I have discussed the issue of two believers going to court. What about a problem a believer has with an unbeliever? How about a dispute with a company or organization, such as an insurance company? What about child custody issues? There are no strict guidelines in the New Testament on these issues. It is clear that two believers should be able to work through their problems with the help of other Christians, church leadership, and God’s wisdom. Dealing with those who are unbelievers is not as easy because they often are hardened to God and do not walk in the light. In some cases, if you have done everything you can do to settle a dispute and it is still unresolved, it might be best to go to court to settle the issue.

In cases where another person’s welfare is at stake, such as in the case of child custody issues, often there is no other recourse than the court system. If all has been done to settle the matter and it remains unresolved, then it might be best to settle the issue in court. The guiding principle of scripture is that it is the responsibility of believers to pursue peace with others.

Hebrews 12:14:

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

But after serious prayer and seeking God’s wisdom, you may find it necessary to take your case to court and believe for God to work through lawyers and judges so justice is served.

In conclusion, there may be times when it is necessary to settle disputes in court, but always let the principles of your Christian witness, godly love, divine wisdom and power guide your decisions in these matters. **

 

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Rick McFarland
Director/Singles Director
Grace Church

www.precepts.com

Copyright 2009 by Bob Yandian Ministries.

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